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5:30 p.m. ‘New Day’ Housing for Kakaako?

Neil Abercrombie today announced a workforce housing initiative called 690 Pohukaina — a proposal for a 650-foot tower complex that will offer hundreds of affordable units for qualified applicants.

How affordable? A three-bedroom unit renting for just $1,350 a month.

The announcement came at a Hawaii Community Development Authority meeting in Kakaako, which gave the project its blessing. The task now is to find a willing developer.

Before the governor testified in support of the project, he recalled that he was the only legislator to vote for the creation of the HCDA some 35 years ago. It had something to do, he said, with then-Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi.

“It was a political atmosphere at the time,” Abercrombie said, noting that Fasi was planning to run for governor.

Once the HCDA was established, however, Abercrombie said he supported its purpose.

The 690 Pohukaina project is part of a collaboration between the HCDA, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, the DLNR and the DCCA.

10:35 a.m. APEC News You Can Use

• The Associated Press has this item on state crews and prisoners clearing 17 areas along APEC travel routes where Oahu homeless are camped out.

KITV has this item detailing the state DOT‘s list of those 17 APEC-homeless cleanup sites.

• The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to make APEC member business travel easier.

• The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has this item on planned protests today at the UH Manoa campus, specifically regarding that huge “Welcome APEC” sign on the Bachman Lawn.

KHON has this item on a local group warning of a prostitution boom that could follow APEC.

• From 8-9 p.m., Olelo will present a free, public informational session featuring an ACLU of Hawaii talk titled “Know Your Rights – Documenting Law Enforcement Interactions in Hawaii.” It will be held in the Palolo Community Media Center located at the Jarrett Middle School (1903 Palolo Avenue).

9:40 a.m. Kauai Shearwaters Get Second Chance

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

UPDATE: Parking lot, road closures during Volcanoes National Park repaving

UPDATE: Molokai Humane Society reports positive 1Q

Federal court remands Lui case back to state

Maui scrap metal business fined nearly $74,000

Kamehameha School receives threats at Keeau campus

Rescued shearwaters get second chance
on Kauai

Horse cruelty trial in Lihue pushed to March

Charter panel puts support behind agri-tourism at Kula lavender farm

Construction projects delayed on Big Island, trigger layoffs

Gov Hails Tourism Bump

Neil Abercrombie took the unusual step of releasing a statement yesterday commenting on the large increase in visitor spending in September.

Excerpt:

This recent visitor report is a reminder of the value that Hawaii has as a tourist destination. As our visitor numbers increase, we will begin to see a ripple effect in economic growth across the state.  I’m confident that APEC will add to this momentum because it will be our moment to showcase to the world our aloha spirit and the beauty of our island people.

Briefing: Film Industry

Two state House committees are scheduled to hold a briefing on Hawaii’s film industry, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Capitol.

Excerpt:

With “Hawaii Five-0”, “The River”, and other major productions slated to film in Hawaii, House committees will hold an informational briefing to hear from state government agencies and private sector representatives to discuss policies and the status of the film industry in Hawaii.

Meeting: UH Regents

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the Hawaii Carpenters Union Training Center in Kapolei.

The agenda includes an increase in tuition.

Meeting: HCDA

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 12:30 at 461 Cooke St. near downtown Honolulu.

The agenda includes discussion of whether the HCDA executive director should develop a rail transit-oriented development plan related to Kakaako.

Talk Story: Pahala

Big Isle state Sen. Gil Kahele invites the community to the Pahala Community Center tonight at 5:30 p.m. so that he can “meet with residents and listen to their concerns.”

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Workforce Development Council Strategic Planning Day, Japanese Cultural Center, 8:30 a.m.

Announcement of New Day Housing Development in Kakaako, HCDA Conference Room, 12:30 p.m.


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